Centrally located, within easy walking distance of Centraal Station and the Dam, this sparkling establishment meets every criterion for an ideal Amsterdam hotel. Built behind the facades of 19 traditional canal houses, it's fully modern and efficient inside, and loaded with amenities. Many rooms feature split-level designs and antique oak beams. A Roman forum may come to mind as you step into the hotel; the lobby is a long promenade of highly polished black-and-white marble floor tiles, with a massive skylight arching above. The excellent French restaurant Vermeer earns frequent praise from food critics.  Note: This hotel has been awarded a Green Key certificate for its environmental awareness and sustainable practices.